Homemade Horse Treats

In case you weren’t aware, there’s a nasty virus spreading like wildfire out there known as Covid-19. Now, the nurse in me wants to educate you all on proper hand washing and staying home…but I’ll refrain because I’m sure you’ve heard enough about that. Instead, I’m going to share my recipe for homemade horse treats. They’re super easy to make and it’s a perfect way to pass the time at home when you start getting stir crazy. 

I have always wanted to try my hand at homemade treats, but life is busy and I’ve used the excuse of “not having any time” for long enough. Although as a nurse I am still working during all of this craziness, my “self-quarantine” on the weekends has allowed me more time at home to spend trying new things. I love trying new recipes and spending time in my kitchen. I’m not a huge fan of the clean up, but who is? 

I have absolutely no preference on brands! This is simply what I could find at the grocery store. I usually buy whatever is generic or on sale.

Unlike the meals I typically make, these treats were quick and easy. There’s only 6 ingredients, and you probably already have a few at home. I am going to be completely honest…I’m terrible at measuring things and following exact recipes! A pinch of this, a dash of that, a spoonful of this…is my cooking motto. Sometimes things turn out really well, and sometimes I’m not so lucky. Although everything in the treats can be consumed by humans, I left the treat testing up to Cash. Below are estimates of the measurements I used. 

RECIPE:

  • 1 ½ – 2 cups of quick oats
  • ¾ cup of molasses
  • Approx. 1 cup of flaxseed, ground
  • A large handful of baby carrots
  • 1 large apple
  • ½ cup water
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes

First I poured about a cup of flaxseed into my food processor. I found out quickly that because of how small the seeds are, the food processor wasn’t the best choice. I transferred them to my blender, added the half cup of water, and pureed it. To make sure it was really ground up, I gave it another minute on liquefy. You should end up with a thick paste. This will help hold the rest of the ingredients together. 

Next I chopped up about a handful of baby carrots. I then placed these into my food processor and used my grind setting. It handled the carrots much better than the flaxseed. I cut up my large apple and repeated this process. I’m not sure if it was because my apple was really juicy, but the food processor did get a bit stuck with the apple. It took a little stirring and a little extra time on the grind setting. 

Next I poured in just under a cup of molasses. Some people enjoy the smell of molasses…but I did not find it pleasant. It was much stronger than I had imagined! Lastly, I poured in 1 cup of oats and began stirring it all together. It was pretty sticky and gooey, so I slowly added more oats until I was satisfied. I think it ended up being close to 2 cups. 

I sprayed a glass 9 x 13 baking dish and spread them out evenly. Then I popped them in the oven at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. Next it was time to start cleaning up. Usually I dread washing small appliances…and for this recipe I used two! Luckily, I have a quick tip to make your clean up quick and easy. After thoroughly rinsing both my food processor and blender, I put a squirt of dish soap and some water in each. Then I blended each with the soapy water. Within minutes they were both clean! It’s ten times easier than attempting to hand wash the inside while trying not to get stabbed by the blades. 

Fast forward 40 minutes and you will have a beautiful pan of golden brown treats! I let them cool before cutting into small squares. They can be as big or as small as you like. The treats are on the chewy side, so these are great for your seniors with dental problems! I let Cash try some chewy ones, and placed the rest in the freezer on parchment paper. I left these in for 24 hours, but this is not required! They’re your treats, serve them to your equine friend however you would like! 

Cash LOVED these treats! I try not to allow him to have too many at once since they are full of molasses, but a few a time won’t hurt. You know your horse best. Cash wasn’t the only fan, a few of the other horses at the facility got to try my treats as well. No one spit them out so I’ll take that as a thumbs up. 

I hope you and your horses enjoy these! If you have made treats before, drop your recipe below! I’d love to try some of your ideas, and Cash will appreciate them too!

I sprayed a glass 9 x 13 baking dish and spread them out evenly. Then I popped them in the oven at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. Next it was time to start cleaning up. Usually I dread washing small appliances…and for this recipe I used two! Luckily, I have a quick tip to make your clean up short and sweet. After thoroughly rinsing both my food processor and blender, I put a squirt of dish soap and some water in each. Then I blended each with the soapy water. Within minutes they were both clean! It’s ten times easier than attempting to hand wash the inside while trying not to get stabbed by the blades. 

Fast forward 40 minutes and you will have a beautiful pan of golden brown treats! I let them cool before cutting into small squares. They can be as big or as small as you like. The treats are on the chewy side, so these are great for your seniors with dental problems! I let Cash try some chewy ones, and placed the rest in the freezer on parchment paper. I left these in for 24 hours, but this is not required! They’re your treats, serve them to your equine friend however you would like! 

Cash LOVED these treats! I try not to allow him to have too many at once since they are full of molasses, but a few a time won’t hurt. You know your horse best. Cash wasn’t the only fan, a few of the other horses at the facility got to try my treats as well. No one spit them out so I’ll take that as a thumbs up. 

I hope you and your horses enjoy these! If you have made treats before, drop your recipe below! I’d love to try some of your ideas, and Cash will appreciate them too!

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